Bun Bang Fai Rocket Festival in Yasothon Province

Born of the traditional beliefs of the I-san people, the “Bun Bang Fai” Rocket Festival, the most celebrated of I-san’s merit-making rituals, has been strictly observed by the residents of I-san for generations. It is essentially an annual ritual to ensure that the seasonal rains fall at the appropriate time in the planting cycle. In this process, Buddhist merit-making traditions are also observed and reinforced.

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Political Develpoments in Thailand: Advise for Visitors and Contact Information

For tourists visiting the Kingdom, it should be stressed that foreigners have not been targeted in the on-going political conflict. However, visitors and tourists are advised to be vigilant, follow news developments, exercise extra caution and avoid areas near the UDD rally site and areas where demonstrators gather.

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Bangkok Bank’s International Presence Helps Support the ASEAN Economic Community

Finance Minister Korn Chatikavanij said that Bangkok Bank’s continuing international presence would help support the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), with its well-established regional network making cross-border financing more convenient.

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Major Events and Festivals in May

After celebrating the Songkran festival, the traditional Thai New Year, last month, there are still a lot of colorful events for you to enjoy this month. See the list below.

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Thai Airways Resumes Flights to Europe

Thai Airways International has resumed a number fights to Europe after cancellations due to the volcanic eruption in Iceland last week.

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Bangkok Bank Wins Approval from Malaysia’s Central Bank to Open Four New Branches

Bangkok Bank’s wholly-owned Malaysian subsidiary, Bangkok Bank Berhad, on Thursday, 22 April 2010 opened the second of four new branches, after having obtained approval from Malaysia’s central bank.

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Mitsubishi Confirms Eco-car Production in Thailand to Begin by 2011

Mitsubishi Motors (Thailand) and Mitsubishi Motors Corporations move forward with its 8 billion baht-eco-car investment project with aim to start production within September 2011 and to launch first Mitsubishi eco-car in Thailand by the beginning of 2012. The companies are also looking for the possibilities to establish a new production facility in the country if market demand increases.

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Thai Central Bank Maintains Policy Interest Rate at 1.25 Percent

Bank of Thailand (BOT) has decided to maintain the policy interest rate at 1.25 per cent, citing domestic political instability as a key risk to economic recovery. .

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Thai Travel Industry Offers Assistance to Passengers Stranded by Airspace Closure due to Icelandic Volcanic Eruption

The volcanic eruption under the Eyjafjallajokull glacier in Iceland which began on 14 April 2010 has sent a massive volcanic ash cloud into the air prompting the forced closure of airspace over Northern Europe and Scandinavia for safety reasons. Representatives from Airports of Thailand (AOT) – operator of Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport, Thai Airways International (THAI), the national carrier, Thai Immigration authorities, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), the Association of Thai Travel Agents (ATTA) and the Thai Hotels Association (THA) are working in close cooperation to provide assistance to stranded passengers.

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Free Admission for a Piano Recital

The Siam Society under Royal Patronage, on Asoke Road, will present a piano recital by Dr Wen-Hui Lily Lin from the University of Connecticut on 28 April 2010 at 7:00 p.m.



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